California lawmakers are considering a new bill that could create a sanctuary state for illegal immigrants seeking protection from Arizona’s strict immigration law.
The Transparency and Responsibility Using State Tools, or TRUST Act, which is currently making its way through the California legislature, would prohibit local law enforcement from turning over illegal immigrants for deportation except for those with serious felony convictions.
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Editor’s note: Robert A. Pastor is professor and co-director of the Center for Democracy and Election Management at American University and author of “The North American Idea: A Vision of a Continental Future.” The views expressed in this article are solely those of Robert A. Pastor.
By Robert A. Pastor, Special to CNN
The main question asked about the Mexican presidential elections on July 1 is whether victory by the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) means that Mexico will return to its authoritarian past.
The answer is simple: The PRI has changed because Mexico has changed. For more than six decades, the PRI manipulated elections and ruled Mexico in a quasi-authoritarian system. However, between 1988 until 2000, two Mexican presidents – Carlos Salinas de Gortari and Ernesto Zedillo – gradually responded to internal and external pressures and opened the economy and the political system.
I have observed elections in Mexico since 1986 and witnessed the transformation of the election system from the worst to the best in the Americas. The projected victory by PRI candidate Enrique Peña Nieto will not turn Mexico backwards. Mexicans have chosen democracy, and after two terms under PAN presidents, they are voting for change.
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U-T San Diego survey shows Fletcher wins head-to-head matchups Filner also close, leaving Dumanis in 4th; undecided count high at 35 percent
City Councilman Carl DeMaio holds a slim lead among registered voters in the San Diego mayor’s race, but support for Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher has surged, creating a three-way heat a month before the June 5 primary, according to a new U-T San Diego Poll.
DeMaio, a Republican, leads the way with 22 percent while Democratic Rep. Bob Filner and Fletcher, an independent, are neck-and-neck for second place with 18 percent and 17 percent, respectively. Republican District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis is fourth at 8 percent.
The race appears far from settled: 35 percent of city voters remain undecided.
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